Tuesday, October 5, 2010

All Things Kid Lit: Even Monsters Need Haircuts

Picture Book Pick of the Week:

Even Monsters need haircuts by Matthew McElligott book cover picture book
Even Monsters Need Haircuts
by Matthew McElligott
Published by Walker Books, 2010

At midnight, a barber's son opens his father's shop and welcomes Igor, Frankenstein, and a host of other monsters in need of a trim. Full-color illustrations created with ink, pencil, and digital techniques.

Even Monsters Need Haircuts illustrations

From School Library Journal:

The young narrator learns a lot from watching his barber dad in action–how to give a good haircut or trim, treat his clientele with respect, and give them what they want–even if the "regulars" are monsters. Literally. Once a month, Frankenstein, Cyclops, Vlad, Medusa, and others fill the barbershop chairs after midnight strikes, and the boy (who never breaks the rules and NEVER leaves the house alone) stands atop a ladder or chair, and–clad in monster slippers, pj's, and "shamp-ewww"-filled pockets–competently gives each customer a new do. With a jewel-toned palette in ink, pencil, and digital art, the shadows of night brighten in the barbershop to bring out the personalities of a lighthearted collection of monster-inspired characters. The art invites both inspection of humorous details for individual readers and an opportunity for exploration of voice and mood in a read-aloud. Fears of the unknown are faced as a human arrives at the shop during the wee hours, yet the boy ("More nervous than I have ever been") never backs down and takes care of business. Narrated in the voice of a child, this offering is perfect for young readers facing a bit of personal anxiety.


Liz @ Cleverly Inked said...

this is so cute. What age range is this for?

Kristen M. said...

Beautiful artwork! We'll definitely keep an eye out for this one since we love monsters!

JaneGS said...

I love this--my daughter may be 18, but she's getting this for Xmas.

The drawings look so wonderful

Alyce said...

That looks cute and fun!

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